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Fish gets caught out by Murray « on: August 20, 2011, 09:27 PM »
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Andy Murray has made it through to the final of the Cincinatti Masters for the second time in his career with a straight sets win over home favourite Mardy Fish.

It was clear from the outset that the crowd were solidly behind the current American number one player. Fresh from his victory over Rafael Nadal, it would be foolish to underestimate the level of tennis Fish would bring to this semi-final.

However, Murray himself came into the match yet to drop a set this tournament and, within the first few games of the first set, showed Fish why. Murray raced to a 3-1 lead and then continued to put pressure on Fish’s serve, forcing further break points at 4-2.

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Serving for the set, Murray briefly gave Fish some hope by allowing the American two break points of his own. However, some reasonably impressive from the Scot saw him make seven of eleven first serves and he was able to step up inside the baseline, dictate the final points and take the set.

It seemed his dominance would continue as Murray immediately showed his intent by racing to 0-40 in first service game of the second set. Thanks to a correct challenge on a Fish first serve, he secured that early break. However, this was only the beginning of a most bizarre passage of play. In the second game of the set, Murray served an appalling seventeen percent of first serves to practically hand the advantage and momentum to Fish. Both men managed to hold serve in the following two games, despite whisper of a chance on the Fish serve created by forehand winner from Murray.

Once again, Murray looked to move ahead in the set as a poor game by Fish allowed Murray an easy break. Nonetheless, this would be the first of four service breaks in a row before Fish finally held at 5-4 and forced Murray to hold serve for only the second time in the set to stay in it. Clearly, as Fish’s last two matches had gone to third set tie breaks, he was not likely to give up easily. Yet both men seemed to have found a rhythm on serve and the second set went to an inevitable tie-break.

The inconsistencies of the set continued into tie break as both men traded early mini-breaks and soon the score was levelled at 5-5. An uncharacteristic first serve from Murray set up the first match point. However, it was on the Fish serve and he saved it with a stunning topspin forehand. Fish gained his own set point on the Murray serve at 8-7, but Murray took both of his service points to create another opportunity to win the match.

The drama only continued as a controversial line call on this match point meant that the umpire had called game set and match to Murray before a hawk-eye challenge proved Murray’s return was out. Nonetheless, this seemed to leave Fish floundering and Murray took the second point to set up his first match point on serve and this time makes no mistake. Andy Murray took the tie-break 10-8 to win the match 6-3, 7-6.

This win sets up the eighth Masters series final of his career. Murray achieved his first win at Masters level with an epic victory over Novak Djokovic in this tournament in 2008. Many fans will be hoping that tomorrow will see a repeat of history.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #1 on: August 20, 2011, 09:36 PM »
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A very well written account of the match. Perhaps you should send it to Barry Cowan, or perhaps we should ask if you can replace him as you would give a clear and fair review of the match!
Thought Andy played with great courage and skill. Come on Andy win the trophy.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #2 on: August 20, 2011, 09:38 PM »
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Andy has a great record when he gets to a Masters final - long may it continue.

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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #3 on: August 20, 2011, 09:39 PM »
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A very well written account of the match. Perhaps you should send it to Barry Cowan, or perhaps we should ask if you can replace him as you would give a clear and fair review of the match!
Thought Andy played with great courage and skill. Come on Andy win the trophy.
I second that Michelle, Go Andy well done yay
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #4 on: August 20, 2011, 10:00 PM »
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Berdych just retired after one set against Novak.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #5 on: August 20, 2011, 10:01 PM »
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Berdych just retired after one set against Novak.

What happened?  He was 5-3 up confused
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 10:05 PM »
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Well done Andy, a hard match in the heat. Glad you won against Mr Fish now he will have to stop carping. I agree about the comments made by Cowan and the other presenter. I have yet to watch a match were they don't  rubbish him. They seem to be unable to give him praise him were praise is due.
Come on Andy lets see you win tomorrow.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #7 on: August 20, 2011, 10:05 PM »
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Picked up a shoulder injury, obviously in a lot of pain lost his last two service games very quickly then retired, shame he was really making Novak play. Unfortunately now Novak will be a lot fresher tomorrow.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #8 on: August 20, 2011, 10:05 PM »
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What happened?  He was 5-3 up confused
He started with a shoulder injury that just got worse and worse until it got to a stage where he felt it was pointless to continue (especially as the US Open starts in 9 days).
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #9 on: August 20, 2011, 10:06 PM »
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Berdych retired with an injured shoulder. So Djokovic has had a nice easy win.
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #10 on: August 20, 2011, 10:06 PM »
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Hope he can beat Nole as this would be a great boost prior to the US Open
Well done Andy

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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #11 on: August 20, 2011, 10:07 PM »
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Picked up a shoulder injury, obviously in a lot of pain lost his last two service games very quickly then retired, shame he was really making Novak play.

He started with a shoulder injury that just got worse and worse until it got to a stage where he felt it was pointless to continue (especially as the US Open starts in 9 days).

Berdych retired with an injured shoulder. So Djokovic has had a nice easy win.

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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #12 on: August 20, 2011, 10:16 PM »
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I love Barry Cowan's mind reading - Andy says he was feeling it physically in the second set but Barry just knows that there was nothing wrong!

Great win from Andy, Fish is a tricky opponent but Andy managed to neutralise his game. Smile
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #13 on: August 20, 2011, 11:03 PM »
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Way to go Murray! Best of luck in the final. Love watching both you and Nole so let the best guy win tomorrow. I think you have an excellent chance. Hoping for an exciting match. Smile
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Re: Fish gets caught out by Murray « Reply #14 on: August 21, 2011, 12:31 AM »
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Barry Cowan - intellectual mind reader and worshipper of the great Fed - get lost and do us all a favour; disappear from our tv screens.
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